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djackson234
10-27-2006, 10:38 AM
I am wondering which rod you all think would be the best to use for what I do. I fish from the bank always, no boat. I have a 6' ultralight and a 4'6" ultralight both from BPS. I prefer the smaller as it is one piece and thinner, obviously. I use tube jigs and others suspended under a bobber or skinny float as well as weedless sliders and tiny IKAs. I like to concentrate on using one rod to simplify things. I fish lakes that are around 5 feet deep. Which rod do you suggest I use? Thanks in advance.

Dave

speck chaser
10-27-2006, 11:13 AM
split the difference and use a 5' rod

fishindaddyo
10-27-2006, 11:28 AM
i am a shore fisherman, too. I've found the 5.5 is best for casting/retrieving fishing with jigs and the longer poles to be better for slipbobber fishing. The extra length lets you cast farther (usually to deeper water) where the slip bobber can work more effectively.

stumpbumpers
10-27-2006, 11:29 AM
When I fish the banks of the rivers all I use is the 4'6" ultra lites. They cast a mile with a short flick of the wrist and you can around obstacles on the bank, such as low limbs and brush. You will be using lite line of course so the limber rod with the drag set right will give you the ability to pull out that big'n. I have pulled up some nasty fight'n bowfin(blackfish, grinel, whatever you call'm) and if will handle them, you can bet you bottom dollar it will handle them crappies. Happy Fish'n

deathb4disco
10-27-2006, 12:32 PM
Dave,

I cut my teeth on the 4'-5' ultra lights but have abandoned them for all my shore fishing. I picked up a 7.5' BPS Microlight a couple of weeks ago and have been fishing it hard. I was AMAZED at the added casting difference I got, even with 1/32 oz. beetle spins and fairly thick 4lb. line. I liked the rod so much, I went out and got another! (They're on sale now for $29.99.)

The added length will help in setting the hook and in your float fishing.

djackson234
10-27-2006, 01:02 PM
Both mine are microlights. After using the smaller one, the 6 foot seems so big. I hate using heavier tackle, even if it still is light. 7.5', huh, I will have to look at that. I love the microlights, they are a great value at 29.99.

stumpbumpers
10-27-2006, 01:07 PM
You can't go wrong with the 4'6" ultra lites I have 10 of them and fish them often... Distance is not a factor if you marry the correct line with the reel your are using. I like to use 4lb fireline, it is small, strong, and cast well, with low memory. Setting the hook when using a bobber is not a problem, because there isn't any stretch in fireline.

djackson234
10-27-2006, 01:12 PM
I use yo-zuri hybrid ultrasoft in 4lb test, which has the strength of 8lb test. I move the snags when my jig gets caught, or the hook bends. It is great line that lasts a long time. It casts well with low stretch and memory. I love my 4'6" and use it all the time but it seems everyone is into the longer rods and they will be better for hooksets with float fishing, which is 95% of my fishing. The 6 foot rod is nice but it just seems too big. I like to go as light as possible, in fact I use the 4 foot rod for bass as well. It will land anything as long as the drag and line are good.

stumpbumpers
10-27-2006, 01:24 PM
Use what works for you... I also use the yo-zuri and love the stuff, but change last year on my ultra lites as well as my 12-14ft jig rods. I have a lot of rods, but all I use off the banks of the river is my 4'6", but like I said I'm fishing trees and brush, so I need a short rod. I do not set the hook on crappie or any fish when fishing under bobber.

deathb4disco
10-27-2006, 01:27 PM
Dave,

I float fish about 99% of the time (got you beat by 4%!). When I use bait (which is often), my rods are 12-14 footers. But for casting light jigs, I like shorter rods. The 7.5' is the best compromise I've found so far.

Just because a rod is a little longer doesn't mean it's not light. There are 7-9' fly rods on the market that are lighter than any spinning rod.

djackson234
10-27-2006, 01:29 PM
I may order a 7'6" one that they have on the website. I will have to get a new reel for it. I have a Shimano TX for my shorty and a Sedona for the 6', what should I get for the long one?

deathb4disco
10-27-2006, 01:37 PM
I'm a big Shimano fan, but I recently inherited a couple of Daiwa SS 700's and love them. They're very light (about 6.5 oz.) and smooth.

It's hard to go wrong with any Shimano or Daiwa.

stumpbumpers
10-27-2006, 01:40 PM
I like the mitchell 310X... I use them on my jig poles... I have various other reels on my 5-7' rods... too many to list.

My favorite out of all of them is the Mitchell 310X... I have a mid size reel that is a walmart specail, but no other reel I have will out cast it... it has a long spool, great for casting, but it is just an FLW with instant anti-reverse and has a wooden handle... it was cheap so now it is mine...

djackson234
10-27-2006, 01:40 PM
I wonder if I need the 7 footer if I already have the 6 footer. I don't know if it will make that much of a difference. I do want to buy another sedona for the shorty. I will make up my mind eventually.

deathb4disco
10-27-2006, 01:44 PM
Get a Shimano Stella! They're on sale for $399 :D

stumpbumpers
10-27-2006, 01:46 PM
Mine jump from 5' to 7' no in between then they jump to 9' then to 12' and 14'... I'm still buying rods... you'll never make up your mind... it's ok though we support you when no one else understands..,

djackson234
10-27-2006, 02:16 PM
Thanks, I appreciate that. I will make up my mind sooner or later. Money is tight now so it looks like for the moment I am good with what I have. I do love these two rods so I am ok. Good luck to all.

1weezer
10-27-2006, 03:52 PM
I like the mitchell 310X... I use them on my jig poles... I have various other reels on my 5-7' rods... too many to list.

My favorite out of all of them is the Mitchell 310X... I have a mid size reel that is a walmart specail, but no other reel I have will out cast it... it has a long spool, great for casting, but it is just an FLW with instant anti-reverse and has a wooden handle... it was cheap so now it is mine...

Stumpbumpers,
I agree with you. The new Mitchell 310X is the BEST little reel I have ever used. I field tested those when Mitchell was in the process of designing them. After just one day of using them, I knew they had a keeper. I have a lot of the Mitchell Avocet 500ul reels and they are great reels, but before it's over with, every pole in the boat will have a 310 on it.

crappiefarmer
10-28-2006, 05:45 PM
I like the mitchell 310X... I use them on my jig poles... I have various other reels on my 5-7' rods... too many to list.

My favorite out of all of them is the Mitchell 310X... I have a mid size reel that is a walmart specail, but no other reel I have will out cast it... it has a long spool, great for casting, but it is just an FLW with instant anti-reverse and has a wooden handle... it was cheap so now it is mine...


Stumpbumpers,

I got me a 310X after you showed me one of yours and I like it very much. It's like 1 Weezer said. A very good crappie reel. Caught probably 50 crappie on it this summer. CF

stumpbumpers
10-28-2006, 10:41 PM
I got to get me a few more... just don't know what to do with the other perfectly good reels they will replace...

I guess I'll have to buy more rods... LOL